We’ve kept you up to date on what Venice is doing to stop the impact of large ships on the fragile city. No ships bigger than 90,000 tons will be allowed to sail near the Grand Canal. Some feel this will put the crimp on visits by the major cruise lines.
To help combat that AND to ensure that Venice can expand its revenue, a plan is being floated to construct a berthing center (NOT birthing) eight miles outside the lagoon in 70-feet deep water. This would be a terminus for container ships, monster cruise ships and others. Part of the project would include a three-mile-long breakwater, and it would also feature an oil terminal.
Backgrounder -> Venice to stop the big ships
The Port Authority wants the city to regain its historical position it held since the Huns roamed Europe. Venice was THE major trading center. Marco? Polo.
To build the port would cost the poor European player about $3B.
A new channel would guide the bigger ships away from St Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal.
You want to visit Venice? For free? I’ve been three times as a speaker. I’ll go another ten – it’s that cool.
Come on. Take the leap, we can get you primed to get a slot on the next ship!